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This census asked for the total numbers of therapeutic radiographers, assistant practitioners and trainee assistant practitioners (together referred to as the ‘radiotherapy radiographic workforce’ in this report) within the budgetary control of the radiotherapy service manager. Radiotherapy helpers and administration staff are not included in the figures.

This report assumes that numbers reported in AfC band 5 and above refer to therapeutic radiographers, and numbers reported in AfC band 4 and below refer to the associated assistant practitioners (APs) and trainee assistant practitioners (TAPs).

This survey is not directly comparable to the UK national radiotherapy workforce survey in 20101 as, unlike later surveys, the 2010 survey included radiotherapy helpers and administration staff.

This report excludes the physics and engineering radiotherapy workforce and clinical oncologists. Enquiries about the physics and engineering workforce in radiotherapy should be directed to the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Enquiries about the clinical oncology workforce should be directed to the Royal College of Radiologists.

To verify the accuracy of this census, the SCoR data for Agenda for Change (AfC) band 5 and above in the NHS in England (ie qualified therapeutic radiographers) is compared with the equivalent NHS Information Centre data. There is a 4.2% discrepancy between the census figure (2389 WTE as of Nov 2014) and the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figure (2496 WTE as of Sept 2014)7. The exact cause of this discrepancy is unknown but is possibly owing to the survey dates being 2 months apart.

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